Maybe Kamala Harris should have done more to keep Jim Hammer on her staff when she took over the San Francisco district attorney’s office a couple of years ago. Because, as it turns out, he is not the type to go softly into the night.
Back in 2003, when Hammer — who had previously admitted some interest in the DA’s job himself — was the head homicide prosecutor, he openly and loyally supported then-DA Terence Hallinan in his re-election campaign. After Harris won, it came as little surprise when Hammer left the office just a few months into her tenure.
More recently, Hammer has seemed to be making a decent go of it in private practice, having joined up as of counsel with San Francisco’s Gonzalez & Leigh. But he hasn’t completely left the world of prosecution behind – he wrote a scathing editorial for the San Francisco Chronicle today that all but excoriated Harris’ work in oh, tons of ways. The Chronicle also put out an editorial by Harris the same day, where she lays out what she describes as her four-pronged approach to fighting violent crime.
It all makes us wonder, just a little bit, what might have been, had the two of them actually stayed in the same office together.
(Update: Harris’ chief assistant DA has since responded specifically to Hammer’s critique in a letter to the Chronicle’s editor. Scroll down until you see the bit by Russ Giuntini.)
— Pam Smith